|Category 2 hurricane|
|Highest winds|| 105 mph |
|Damages||$0 (2018 USD)|
|Areas affected||Bahamas, Bermuda|
| Part of the|
2018 Atlantic hurricane season
Hurricane Alberto was the first tropical cyclone, first hurricane and the strongest storm of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Alberto formed on August 9 while it reached Category 2 status on August 16. Alberto continued north before encountering wind shear, which led to its dissipation.
The origins of Hurricane Alberto go back to August 1 when a low pressure area developed over the Colorado Rockies. This storm moved over the Atlantic on August 8 before attaining subtropical characteristics the next day. As cloud tops grew colder, it was later designated as a tropical system. The next day, it was named Alberto by the National Hurricane Center (NHC). Alberto continued to strengthen and became a Category 1 hurricane on August 12. Afterwards, the system absorbed an extratropical cyclone. After Alberto absorbed another cyclone, this system attained an eye which was 50 miles wide. On August 16, a Hurricane Hunter aircraft reported winds of 100 mph, which prompted the NHC to upgrade Alberto to a Category 2 hurricane. At 2100 UTC on August 16, Alberto attained its peak intensity of 105 mph with a central pressure of 967mb. Alberto began to weaken rapidly due to entering an area of strong wind shear. Alberto weakened from a 105 mph Category 2 hurricane to a 40 mph tropical storm. It eventually dissipated on August 18.
On August 20, the NHC noted a 30% possibility of Alberto's remnants becoming a tropical cyclone again. But the system completely dissipated on August 21.